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Frank Kohlenstein
Frank Kohlenstein
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 303-273-3369
Email: fkohlens@mines.edu
Alma Mater: Florida State, 1976

Frank Kohlenstein will begin his 16th season as head coach of the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer program in 2013.

Named RMAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year (2000-02, 2006, 2009-10) six times, Kohlenstein ranks as the all-time winningest men's soccer coach at Mines, compiling an overall record of 180-99-30 and winning percentage over .631. He has led the Orediggers to four nine consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight appearances in the conference tournament, totaling 13 or more wins five times.

The Orediggers advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in program history in 2012, capturing the RMAC Tournament Championship for the second time in three seasons with a 4-3 victory over previously unbeaten and No. 1 Regis in the championship. Despite the toughest schedule in Division II, Mines closed at 14-5-2 (9-3-2 RMAC) and ranked No. 21 in the final NSCAA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

South Central Region Player of the Year and RMAC Offensive Player, Tesho Akindele, repeated as an All-American, earning First Team praise from the NSCAA and Daktronics; Alex Nass was named Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American and Zach Page-Belknap was a Capital One First Team Academic All-American. Manville Strand was voted RMAC Goalkeeper of the Year, leading Mines to defensive ranks of third in RMAC in goals against average (1.07), third in goals allowed (23) and fourth in shutouts (8).

Mines went 11-7-1 overall and 8-5-1 in conference play in 2011, advancing to the semifinals of the RMAC Tournament, before succumbing eventual national champion, Fort Lewis. CSM defeated two top-25 foes en route to its 11th winning season in 12 years and 12th consecutive RMAC Tournament berth, and received votes in the final NSCAA national rankings.

Kohlenstein directed Mines to arguably one of the best seasons in school history in 2010. Dubbed the NSCAA/Mondo Central Region Coach of the Year for the second straight season, Kohlenstein guided the Orediggers to the No. 1 ranking for four consecutive weeks, becoming the first athletics program at Mines to hold the top spot. The men broke the single-season wins record, finishing 17-2-2 (12-1-1 RMAC) and No. 9 in the NSCAA Top-25; swept the RMAC regular season and tournament titles and earned the program’s first NCAA tournament win with a 5-1 first round defeat of No. 11 Regis. Mines led all of Division II in scoring offense at 3.24 goals per game.

In 2009, Kohlenstein led the Orediggers to their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, ending the season 15-3-4 (11-2-1 RMAC) and ranked No. 18 nationally. In addition to ushering in CSM Soccer Stadium with a 5-1 win over Northwest Nazarene in the season opener, Kohlenstein, the NSCAA/Mondo Central Region Coach of the Year, moved ahead of predecessor Bob Pearson on the Mines all-time wins list with his 126th career triumph, a 2-0 shutout at Upper Iowa on Sept. 4.

During the 2008 campaign, CSM went 9-8-3 overall and 7-4-3 in RMAC play, qualifying as the third seed in the conference tournament. Led by five All-RMAC selections, including NSCAA Third Team All-American Jason Decker, the Orediggers made multiple stints in the NSCAA Top-25, ranking as high as 16th in Division II.

Mines finished 2007 at 11-9-2 (7-6-1 RMAC) and advanced to the RMAC Tournament Championship for the second time in three seasons. Three Orediggers earned All-RMAC recognition, including Craig Thompson, who was unanimously voted First Team All-RMAC as well as RMAC Player of the Year and RMAC Academic Player of the Year. Thompson, Nick Kubala and Ross Davis received All-Midwest Region honors as well.

The Orediggers tallied a 13-7-1 overall record in 2006, taking third place in the RMAC with a 9-3-0 mark. Mines landed six all-conference selections and three All-Midwest Region picks.

In 2005, CSM made the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament where it advanced to the second round via penalty kicks against No. 3 Incarnate Word, before ending the season 13-7-4 (6-4-2 RMAC) with a 1-0 setback to No. 1-ranked and eventual national champion, Fort Lewis.

The Orediggers ended 2004 at 10-4-5 overall and were inside the top-three in the RMAC ledger for the fifth straight season, finishing third at 7-3-2.

From 2000 to 2003, the men’s soccer program reached unprecedented heights under Kohlenstein, totaling a 52-26-6 record (37-10-2 RMAC) with three RMAC regular season titles (2000, 2002-03) and one RMAC Tournament Championship. The Orediggers won the first regular season crown in program lore in 2000 (14-4-4; 9-2-1 RMAC), while the 2002 squad became the school’s first to sweep the regular season and tournament championships and just the third RMAC history to do.

The first head coach of the Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer program, Kohlenstein quickly turned the Orediggers into a conference and national power, accumulating an overall record of 55-36-9, including 32-15-6 in conference play during his five-year tenure (2005-09). The Orediggers made three trips to the RMAC Tournament (2007-09) and earned two at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament (2008-09) under Kohlenstein. Led by Kayla Mitchell, the program’s first women’s soccer All-American, Mines ranked seventh in the final Division II Top-25 ballot in 2009, winning the Central Region Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight, the farthest any team at CSM had ever advanced in NCAA tournament play.

Prior to his arrival in Golden, Kohlenstein served as head coach of the Raleigh Flyers in 1995 and Richmond Kickers in 1997, both of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues. Previously, Kohlenstein spent 10 years as the gaffer at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg (1979-88), where he began the soccer program as a club sport in 1979 and eventually led the Rifles to three consecutive third-place finishes at the NAIA National Tournament from 1983 to 1985. Recognized as NAIA District Six Coach of the Year four times, he was named the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1983 and the NSCAA Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

Inducted in the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001, Kohlenstein finished with a 128-45-11 record while at USCS, coaching 13 different NAIA All-Americans, nine NSCAA All-Americans, 13 NAIA All-Area, 21 NAIA All-District Six, and two NAIA District Six Player of the Year selections. He also oversaw a two-time Academic All-American and three Academic All-District picks.

Kohlenstein left USCS in July of 1989 to become head coach at NCAA Division I University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a position he held for six seasons (1989-94). He quickly transformed the 49er program into a national power, posting a cumulative record of 77-32-12 and taking UNCC to a No. 2 national ranking in 1992 and NCAA Tournament bids in 1991 and 1992.

In 33 years at the university and professional ranks, Kohlenstein has amassed a career record of 504-222-65 (.678), including a 440-212-62 tally at the collegiate level.

In addition to taking five different teams on five different levels to postseason competition, he has coached 35 All-Americans, 18 Academic All-Americans, one Rhodes Scholar, five National Team players and 155 all-conference athletes.

Kohlenstein received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Florida State in 1976 before going on to earn his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State in 1977.

He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Golden.

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